As we move through moments in the here and now, we dive into the unknown, paddle through the challenging, float in the calm, and cannonball into the exciting.
We crave progress. We seek new beginnings. We yearn for improvements in our lives. Whether we are aware of it or not, we thirst for change- and life will either satiate our thirst with an unexpected downpour of 'new and different', or we may find ourselves drowning in it. Attempting to make sense of gradual or abrupt change is like trying to justify a rainfall. There is no entity to blame when static life breaks into chaos. So stop pointing your finger at the cumulonimbus and just grab an umbrella.
Let me ask a question.
Where do you see yourself in a year?
Do you think you'll sip the same morning coffee each day?
Listen to the same albums on your commute to work?
Have the same friends?
The same apartment?
Will the same things make you happy ?
Now, rather than letting these intimidating lines of text overwhelm you, I want you to disregard the fact that they are questions altogether. Read them and accept them for what they are; mysteries of life. Because things are going to change. Despite any concerns we may have, any fears, any aspirations, any hopes... Despite whether we are sure of ourselves or not. Despite whether we are miserable or content. It's a scary concept to grasp. Surrendering to fate, destiny, what have you... the predetermined future.
John Lennon said; "There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be". Because life isn't a highway with exit signs or off ramps. It's a winding, bumpy road leading you to your future. And as long as you stay on the road, you'll reach your destination. Surrender to the twists and turns and take them as they come. Trust the road.
Really, how would you feel about letting every inhibition go? Accepting fate? Embarking on your journey, being nothing but open? Bet it scares the hell out of you. Most people fear the notion that everything happens for a reason because it leaves them vulnerable. Because, if you close your eyes and put all your trust into your surroundings, you could trip and fall into an abyss of chaos and confusion. But falling into the abyss may turn out to be the most magnificent thing to happen. You'd be surprised how many times you can be reborn. How many new experiences there are to be had. How much new music there is to be heard, people there are to meet, books there are to read, places to visit. It might seem impossible to move on when everything around you starts shifting.
But don't lose your head. Lose your fear instead. Sure, some changes may appear to be dreadfully negative. Breakups, arrests, evictions. But even if you find yourself at rock bottom (and believe me because I've been there) there is always a route back up. So you can either sulk in some delusional defeat, or embrace the gift of a second (or third, or fourth...) hit of the refresh button.
It's a free-fall into possibility. It's freedom.
For, change is freedom. It's an opportunity to break away from the mundane. The redundant. The unbearable. It's something to be celebrated.
When life gives you change, I say break out the lemonade.